In addition to its high-performance network, GARR also operates a computing and storage infrastructure based on the cloud paradigm. The GARR Cloud platform is developed on top this infrastructure.
Available since 2016, the Cloud GARR platform is based on open source technologies and provides users and system administrators with a easy-to-use, highly automatable environment, with a wide choice of preconfigured tools.
Users can chose from a wide cloud offer:
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From 2020, a "cloud at home" reference architecture is available, to enable organisations having own hardware resources to easily set up a private cloud region, which can be federated into the GARR Cloud while maintaining all administrative privileges.
The GARR Cloud Platform harnesses its intrinsic robustness, modularity, security and capacity of the physical infrastructure to offer the Research and Education community:
Thanks to the chosen architecture model, and to total control of the underlying optical network infrastructure, GARR is able to manage security and throughput issues in an optimal way.In addition, network traffic segregation is implemented both at the infrastructure level (between the different management networks dedicated to the physical equipment, the servers and provided services) and at the user level.
The GARR cloud platform is characterized by some specific features:
The GARR Cloud Platform offers users all the key benefits featured by the cloud services available on the market:
In addition, the availability of a platform deployed and managed by the GARR user community itself allows:
Federated cloud: the community cloud
The GARR Cloud Platform is intended to set an open, live and working model which can be replicated by other members of the research community.
As deploying and maintaining a cloud infrastructure is an endeavor which requires substantial resources, GARR promotes the aggregation of national cloud infrastructures through a federated approach. Members of the GARR community can participate in the extension of the GARR cloud platform by sharing resources and services by federating their cloud “regions”.
In this way, they are relieved of part of the burden of operational management and update of the infrastructure, while retaining the ownership of their infrastructure and of their know-how.
The GARR Federated Cloud approach reflects GARR’s mission as infrastructure aggregator and harmonizer, taking inspiration from GARR’s role for research and education networking infrastructures. In this perspective, GARR federated cloud team regularly organizes knowledge sharing sessions and tutorials that foster the community building. The objective is to foster the creation of an ecosystem that could retain all the knowledge at stake in the process of building such a complex infrastructures.